In this article we share the list of top upcoming hack and slash games for 2023 and 2024. From the exciting and awe-inspiring Clash: Heroes of Feralia Terra to the time-traveling action of God Mist Slayer, this lineup is bound to captivate. Uncover the gems of the gaming world with titles like Honor of Kings: World, Stellar Blade, and Phantom Blade: Zero each offering a unique blend of action and adventure.
1. Swordman Love: The Stroy of Xie Yun Liu
Announced initially three years ago, even though it remained silent for a whole year, until the official English announcement was made in IGN. Number one, we actually have one of the most anticipated off-the-radar projects continuing the Swordman series of games. This one goes by the name of Swordman Love: the story of Xie Yun Liu. It’s a Souls-like hack and slash RPG, quite similar to the upcoming game Black Myth: Wukong. Swordman Love is a PC and PlayStation 5 exclusive, said to be coming out next year.
2. Lost Soul Aside
Without a question, the best thing you’ll hear or see today. This has been a problem since the release of PlayStation 5. Second, we have the long-awaited Lost Soul Aside, an action hack-and-slash RPG that is exclusive to the PC and PlayStation 5. It’s been in the works for nearly five years. It’s almost as old as when I first started working on YouTube. After a long period of silence, Sony and Redtube have published more than 20 minutes of gameplay and said that the game will be launched in the first quarter of 2024.
3. DaBa Land of Water Scar
Coming as another creation of China’s Hero Project, much like the previous game Lost Soul Aside, we have another Souls-like action RPG in the works. This was just unveiled during a Chinese gaming showcase, with a game called Daba Land of Water Scar, which narrates the tale of humanoid clay puppets during a time when the world teeters on the brink of collapse. Actually, there’s much more to the story, and the game is expansive, built around a compelling narrative. Here’s the trailer. The game is a PlayStation 5 exclusive, and its release date is yet to be announced.
4. Black Myth: Wukong
Considered the most significant gaming project currently in development in China, I say this with regard to Honor of Kings: World, which I’ll touch upon later. However, Black Myth: Wukong stands out as an open-ended action RPG, a hack-and-slash Souls-like game developed on the Unreal Engine. Given that it prominently features the legendary Monkey King, the developers are investing substantially more than the average Chinese game. After all, Journey to the West, a well-known Chinese classic, is the basis for the game. It is anticipated to launch on the upcoming console generation, with a target release date of sometime in the second half of the year.
5. Morbid Metal
I mentioned this one around December or November of last year, circling back to it now due to a new leak. There’s a possibility it could be released in the upcoming days. In case you haven’t fully caught up with it, Morbid Metal is a third-person science fiction action roguelite that was initially announced back in 2019. Interestingly, this game is being developed by a single individual, so do keep that in mind. It’s exclusively for PC.
Arriving as the debut project from its developers, similar to the preceding game, it situates itself within a futuristic Japanese backdrop. However, akin to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, what we have here is a dynamic action-packed third-person experience, but with an added twist of time manipulation in a superhero-style setting. This endeavor is titled Enera remaining exclusive to PC. Presently, the game has only unveiled this trailer, with its anticipated release set for the culmination of this year.
7. Ghostrunner 2
If you happened to miss the announcement from last week, Ghostrunner 2 is indeed getting a sequel in development. However, this sequel is not related to Blade Runner; it’s about Ghost Runner. 505 Games recently released a brief but captivating trailer for it. The game is making its way to the next generation of consoles and PCs, with a slated release sometime in 2023. In case you overlooked the original game, be aware that it’s a high-speed action-packed game featuring plenty of jumping, dashing, and wall running.
8. Atlas Fallen
You might already be aware, but Atlas Fallen has made a return after a complete year of silence. The news is that it’s scheduled to release on August 10th of this year, exclusively for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X. The game’s two-player co-op, fighting mechanisms, character characteristics, drop-in/drop-out features, and multiple exploring areas are all covered in the above trailer and detailed analysis by Dig 13.
9. Phantom Blade Zero
Emerging from the early-year PlayStation showcase, I’ve referred to this one extensively in previous discussions. Phantom Blade: Zero undoubtedly stands out as one of the most intense third-person action RPG hack-and-slashers we’ve encountered, akin to games like Black Myth with its Souls-like combat and elements reminiscent of the Grim and serious samurai games. Allegedly, you assume the role of an assassin navigating his final days while contending with a deteriorating state. He’s afflicted or scarred in some way. The game is slated for release exclusively on PlayStation 5 and PCs next year.
10. Stellar Blade
Revealed as the tenth entry in the PlayStation State of Play, we have Stellar Blade from the Korean developers Shift Up. This project, which started almost four years ago under the title Project Eve before being renamed, is an Unreal Engine 5-based science fiction Souls-like hack-and-slasher. It’s exclusively for PlayStation 5, though it was technically announced for both PC and PlayStation 5 last year, in line with the trend of many recent games. Undoubtedly, it ranks among the most anticipated games of 2023. Stay tuned for an exact release date in the near future.
11. Honor of Kings: World
Following that, one of the most significant IPs in recent years, Honor of Kings: World, steps onto the stage. This open-world action RPG has been in development for quite some time, spanning years. The latest update is that the game is expanding its reach to PCs and the next generation of consoles, evolving into an online MMORPG experience set for 2023. A fresh trailer for Honor of Kings: World has been released, showcasing its multiplayer combat, formidable bosses, diverse characters, and an intriguing aspect—the arena-style fights within its expansive world.
12. Clash Heroes of Feralia Terra
Firstly, earning a spot in our list is a hidden gem that deserves recognition. At number 12, we present Clash: Heroes of Feralia Terra. This game, crafted on the Unreal Engine, is an open-world action RPG adventure with a notably distinctive twist. Imagine the concept of the game Biomutant, envisioning anthropomorphic creatures with diverse forms, resembling giant chitinous shells or unique body structures. You travel through parallel realms in this game while also fighting diverse alien races. The Clash Heroes of Feralia terra is release by the end of the year and is anticipated to be an exclusive for NPCs.
13. Mist Slayer
And last but certainly not least, currently available on Steam is a demo for Mist Slayer. This action-packed game falls in the vein of Mist Slayers where you assume the role of a time traveler wielding distinct weapons and skills. Similar to the last installment, your job comprises fighting many types of enemies across parallel universes. As you go, you’ll gather power-ups, travel the world, and either set out on this voyage with companions or by yourself.